Ed Soares, longtime manager of former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, spoke to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting earlier today regarding Silva’s loss this past weekend to Chris Weidman.
A shocking result, Silva –who had never lost a fight since debuting in the UFC- was knocked out by Weidman in the second round after getting caught with a left hook to the jaw. Weidman finished the fight with an unanswered combination on the ground before Herb Dean stopped the contest, making Weidman the new UFC Middleweight king.
Silva’s “clowning” style of fighting was on full display, and many believe that the former champion’s lack of respect for his opponent may have finally led to his downfall- including Soares.
“I think he went out there and was taunting him and doing certain things Anderson does once in awhile,” Soares said. “There’s a possibility he may have taken it too far this time. And unfortunately he wasn’t able to walk away with the W.
“You move left when you should have moved right, and your night can end. Unfortunately, Anderson has a tendency to walk on that tightrope of taking risks. It’s part of the reason people like to watch him fight is because he takes those type of risks. Unfortunately, Saturday night didn’t go his way.”
Despite Weidman’s brilliant performance, which saw him come close to submitting Silva via heel hook in the first round, many rumors among MMA fans persist that Silva’s demeanor before, during, and after the fight indicated that he did not want to win; Silva’s lack of enthusiasm for a rematch being one of the main focal points.
Soares, however, believes that anyone questioning Silva’s desire to win the fight is dead wrong.
“People have all these conspiracy theories,” Soares said, while also noting that he believed Silva would win the fight by knockout. “It’s stupid. It’s nonsense. Yeah … I plan to get knocked out. C’mon. Who plans to get knocked out like that? If he was planning to do that that, why wouldn’t he just have tapped to the leglock? C’mon. I’m going to plan to get knocked out? That’s ridiculous. Anderson doesn’t like to lose, he just got knocked out. Take nothing away from Chris Weidman. ‘Oh, that was a lucky shot.’ Well, you know what? 100 percent of the punches you don’t throw, don’t land. He threw a punch and it landed.”
Soares later went on to say that once the dust settles and Silva has spent time with his family, the team will decide where “The Spider” goes from here. Though a rematch seems likely, that may not necessarily be the case.
Whatever should come in the future, Soares made sure to remind listeners that life goes on.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Soares said. “The sun came up today. It’s a beautiful day today. We’re healthy, our kids are good, are families are good. … Everything else, you just roll with the punches.”Tags: Anderson Silva, Ariel Helwani, Chris Weidman, ED SOARES, MMA Hour, the spider, ufc, ufc 162